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Write-In Candidate

Port North election is contested,
with write-in candidate

Elections in the Village of Port Washington North will not be uncontested after all.

Selwyn G. Rudnick, a resident of the condo-community Mill Pond Acres, has announced that he is running a write-in campaign for village trustee. Port Washington North Mayor Bob Weitzner and Trustees Michael Schenkler and Sherman Scheff are running for re-election on Tuesday, March 19.

According to Rudnick’s campaign poster, he has a long list of credentials, having served the board of directors for both the Port Washington and the Manhasset Chambers of Commerce, and serving as the past president and current secretary/treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington. A retiree, Rudnick is a past employee of Merrill Lynch as a commodity and stock broker, and a past founder of Fenner Reed and Jackson, Inc. He is a former captain in the United States Air Force and is the Commander of Post 5063 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Manhasset. Rudnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Port Washington Senior Center, the advisory committee for Project Independence, and he is a former trustee for the Village of Munsey Park.

“I plan to be involved in finding solutions which benefit all the residents of Port Washington North,” Rudnick stated. His campaign platform says he will be a fresh voice in village policies, hold an independent view not tied to any village party, maintain balance between board and village residents, communicate effectively with all residents of Port Washington North, serve to support all residents of Port Washington North and develop a responsible, written financial plan for the future.

Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff issued the following statement:

“We have worked to ensure that the Village of Port Washington North progresses in a direction that benefits all of our residents. We as a team have kept Port North’s taxes below 2 percent each and every year – before there was a cap – and have taken a special and personal interest in making sure that the Village of Port Washington North is one of the most fiscally sound villages on Long Island. We repair and maintain our roads and sidewalks and keep them safe. We continue to trim and plant trees throughout the village. We created the Baywalk Park for the entire Port Washington community to use and enjoy, and helped calm Shore Road, making it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. We also led the preparation for and clean-up of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and in doing so implemented many policies and procedures that will better prepare the village in the event another natural disaster occurs in the future. We wish to continue improving Port North by being re-elected and taking on new and exciting projects that will continue to improve the quality of life for our residents.

 “This brings us to the write-in campaign that we were made aware of just recently. The issue is in no way about the qualifications of the candidate. The concern for the three of us running has more to do about effective and equal representation on our board. The fact is, the write-in candidate lives in Mill Pond Acres and being supported by their board. If elected, there would be two trustees from Mill Pond, with the possibility of actually adding a third and becoming a majority based on the results of next year’s election. We don’t think that is in the best interests of our village. Simply put, our position is that we feel our current board best represents the fabric and the voice of the entire Port North community. We are asking all Port Washington North residents to express their desire to keep our board intact and preserve their representation, by coming out and voting for Mayor Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff on March 19.”

The village election takes place on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m., at the Port Washington North Village Hall, located within Stop & Shop Plaza at 71 Old Shore Road in Port Washington.